May 2020 Counselor News
High school students have faced a lot of changes and challenges this spring. When it comes to concerns about how colleges are going to react, from going to pass-fail grading to changes in testing for IB and AP courses, the message from Minnesota private colleges is to not worry.
Over the summer, we will be updating our free college resources, including our College Guide. If you already know what you’ll need, why not order copies now. While you’ll still be able to order copies later, placing an order ahead of time means one less thing to think about in the fall. Learn more and order.
In a typical year, our colleges — like your high schools — are celebrating their graduates, and family and friends are gathering to honor their seniors and offer encouragement on next steps. But 2020 is not a typical year. COVID-19 has forced most of those celebratory plans online — limiting both public and private acknowledgement of their successful completion of a key milestone.
While COVID-19 has put a damper on activities, it does not diminish all that graduating seniors accomplished to get there. So in addition to virtual commencements and graduation parties, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan offered this year's college seniors their congratulations and encouragement.
Message from Gov. Tim Walz
Message from Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg announces undergraduate tuition freeze and new programming
Augsburg University launches Augsburg Bold, including an undergrad tuition freeze and new programming for incoming students.
Ross Allen named Bethel University’s sixth president-elect
With extensive experience in business, healthcare, and higher education, Allen is named Bethel University's sixth president-elect and is set to become the first alumnus to lead the university.
Carleton College among Peace Corps' 2020 top volunteer-producing schools
Since the agency's founding in 1961, nearly 520 alumni from Carleton College have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.
CSB junior earns prestigious 2020 Truman Scholar award
Valerie Doze, a College of Saint Benedict junior from Grand Forks, North Dakota, was one of 62 students who were named 2020 Truman Scholars.
St. Scholastica student selected for prestigious research opportunity
Megan Schiferl, a junior at The College of St. Scholastica, was one of only six undergraduate students in America chosen to work at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland
Concordia College student awarded Goldwater Scholarship
Kenny David, a Concordia College junior, received a Goldwater Scholarship. David is planning to pursue neuroscience as a career and has worked on multiple sclerosis and autism spectrum disorder research.
CSP welcomes the Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich
The Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich officially began his tenure as the 10th president of Concordia University, St. Paul on Jan. 1, 2020.
Gustavus Women in Leadership Celebrates 10th annual conference
For a decade, Gustavus Adolphus College's Women in Leadership Conference has connected current students with powerful speakers and mentors who empower women.
A good time for exercise
Hamline University professors encourage students to experience the physical, cognitive, emotional and immunological benefits of exercise between online classes.
Macalester senior awarded prestigious Watson Fellowship
Macalester College graduating senior Michael Khuth has been awarded a Watson Fellowship to pursue an original project that explores queer photography in China, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere.
Saint John’s Ben Bartch drafted by Jacksonville
Oregon native is the 10th Saint John’s University football player selected in the NFL Draft and the first since 1974.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota announces new coach
Paul Jennison will be taking over the helm of the Cardinal women’s soccer team at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota after spending three seasons with Northwestern (Ill.) University women's soccer team.
Katies rank among top 5 in Midwest Economics Association research paper contest
St. Catherine University students Isabel Pastoor ’20 and Elizabeth Kula ’19 received honorable mentions for papers they wrote last fall in their Econometrics class taught by Professor Kristine West, PhD.
St. Olaf to offer engineering concentration
Beginning this fall, St. Olaf College will offer a new concentration in engineering studies.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
You’re graduating in a pandemic. What’s next?
The Brookings Institution, April 23, 2020
How to choose colleges with virtual tours
The New York Times, April 30, 2020
How to decide your post-high school plans during a pandemic
Minnesota Public Radio, May 1, 2020
“We get it!”: College admission deans speak out
Forbes, May 7, 2020
Counselors make a difference
Inside Higher Ed, May 11, 2020
Gov. Walz signs order to help students studying for critical sectors in workforce
Duluth News Tribune, May 13, 2020